Colleen Deacon

New York

Candidate for U.S. House of Representatives, New York's 24th Congressional District

"As a first time candidate who does not come with a built in network of donors, I am seeing first hand how the influence of money in politics is changing the electoral process. Rather than spending my time out in the community talking to voters and and the issues that matter most in this campaign, I am forced to spend most of my time on the phone, introducing myself to high dollar donors, and raising money for my campaign. While I know that this is a necessary part of the process, I think that the Citizens United ruling is the largest factor contributing to the growing influence of money in politics, and we need to address this problem. Campaigns should be about people and issues, not about money, and as a single mother who does not have the advantages most candidates do, this is an issue I am extremely interested in addressing once I am elected to Congress." - Colleen Deacon

About Ms. Deacon:

Colleen Deacon understands the struggles of Central New Yorkers because she has lived them herself, and has spent the last six years working with Senator Kirsten Gillibrand to help people in our communities overcome the challenges they face.

Born and raised in Syracuse, Colleen and her siblings attended Syracuse public schools. When Colleen’s father was laid off from his job, her mother went back to work full time to support their family. Her mother worked for many years helping people in our community to move from welfare to work – instilling in Colleen an appreciation for hard work, and a strong belief in giving those who are struggling a chance to succeed.

Colleen started working on her 16th birthday, in the dining hall of a local retirement home. Jobs in a bakery, a grocery store, and waiting tables followed. Along with student loans, those opportunities to work allowed Colleen to pay her way through Syracuse University.

But Colleen understands that sometimes, hard work alone isn’t enough. Colleen was working as a waitress when she became pregnant with her son, Adrian – a job that provided no health insurance or maternity leave. With the help of Medicaid, food stamps and the WIC program, Colleen was able to keep herself and her baby healthy.

Colleen soon began working for Mayor Matt Driscoll and was quickly promoted to Press Secretary where she spent six years serving the City of Syracuse, before joining Senator Kirsten Gillibrand’s office as Regional Director for Central New York. For six years, Colleen served as a resource on federal issues for elected officials, businesses, manufacturers, not-for-profits, educational institutions, community groups, and individuals across Central New York. She took pride in connecting institutions here to funding opportunities and government agencies, working to solve problems and strengthen our region.

Colleen will bring the common-sense voice of a hard-working single mother to Washington. In Congress, she will continue her work to help Central New York’s small businesses, veterans, seniors and families to cut through the red tape and make government work for them.

Colleen lives in Syracuse, one block from her parents, with her son Adrian and rescue dog Daisy. She is a member of All Saints parish and is the Vice President of the PTO at Edward Smith Elementary School. In her (limited) spare time, Colleen is an avid runner and roots for the Syracuse Orange.

Click here to read Ms. Deacon’s answers to the Official End Citizens United PAC Candidate Questionnaire.

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